THE PROJECT: DROPA is a feature length science fiction film uniquely suited to the low budget, $10 million and under filmmaking formula. While small enough to be produced on a low budget level, the film offers a traditionally successful genre and large enough scope to diffuse its budget.
SYNOPSIS: Harrison is a retired member of The Legion, a government hit squad responsible for the extinction of the alien race known as the Dropas. Set in a future America, Harrison must hunt down a renegade Dropa intent on killing the former members of his team.
THE MARKET: DROPA is targeted for domestic limited platform theatrical release and worldwide release on the home video market. The market for American independents has doubled in the last ten years. Commercial genres, such as horror and sci-fi, retain their appeal in independent cinema while budgets of under $10 million far exceed their over $100 million budget counterparts for potential return on investment.
THE DISTRIBUTION PLAN: The project has secured a worldwide distribution contract from Archstone Distribution, a successful industry sales representative and distribution company.
Patriot Act Movie, LLC is a limited liability company formed by Martin Delon and Wayne Slaten for the sole purpose of producing the feature length motion picture DROPA. The company is comprised of veteran filmmakers with eight produced feature films to their credit, seventeen short films, as well as, several active projects in development. Their industry contacts and experience in independent filmmaking brings a wealth of creative and business experience to the project.
REGISTERED TEXAS ENTITY: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts File Number 080140977.
DATE OF FILING FOR LLC: April 22,2011
COMPANY ADDRESS: DROPA- Patriot Act Movie, LLC 26906 Boulder Hill, Katy, TX 77494
MARTIN DELON - Producer
After graduating from the University of Houston, Martin Delon went on to produce, direct, distribute and sell his first feature film La Taqueria domestically through a leading U.S. distributor. Since then, he has produced five feature length films with distribution and most recently was the executive producer on the supernatural thriller Backroad. Martin's business background and industry contacts are a compliment to his energy and determination to complete projects and find them audiences. Gaucho Productions was formed in 1999 by Martin Delon to develop and produce both independent film and television programs. Recently Gaucho Productions has put a strong emphasis on films produced at a reasonable budget offering a solid return on investment.
WAYNE SLATEN - Writer/Director
Wayne Slaten is an award winning American independent movie producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. Slaten began developing projects under the shingle Moonlite Filmwerks in late 2007. He went on to direct the thriller Cold War (2011) which was later selected as part of an international short film competition to screen at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. That same year, Slaten was a quarterfinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition for his script Patriot Act.
Slaten wrote and directed his first feature length movie Backroad released in 2012. He worked on the family film The Costume Shop (2014) starring Stephen Baldwin and Haylie Duff then directed the spy-thriller Osprey (2017) starring Eric Roberts and Navid Negahban.
Slaten's short film Red Pearl (2015) won the NASA Jury Award at the CineSpace Film Festival and screened aboard the International Space Station before airing on PBS in 2016. Through f/64 Films Slaten directed the artist documentary Ash: The Art of Wayne Gilbert (2017) and the sci-fi feature film Dropa (2018) in co-production with Texas based Gaucho Productions.
ERIC CHRISTENSEN Producer . Visual Effects Supervisor Santa Rosa, CA
Eric Christensen is the CEO and founder of RotoFactory and Factory VFX visual effects studios located in Santa Rosa, CA and New Orleans, LA. Eric began his career working as a digital artist for George Lucas' Industrial Light + Magic (ILM). While there he worked on more than twenty films including Mission Impossible III, Van Helsing, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Jurrasic Park III and Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In 2006 he opened RotoFactory followed by Factory VFX a few years later. His companies have worked on over fifty major Hollywood films to date including the Fast & Furious franchise, The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Maze Runner.
MICHELLE FITZGERALD Line Producer
Michelle Fitzgerald is a triple Emmy Award winning and five time Emmy Award nominated Producer with over 19 years of experience in the Film & Television industry. Michelle is an expert in concept development to target specific demographics for any project. She has extensive experience in all facets of programming and production. Michelle has excelled as a producer and casting director on both cable, national, and international television shows on the FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, VH1, MTV, Disney, and PAX networks.
JENNIFER WALDO Associate Producer
Jennifer Waldo earned her MFA in Film Production at USC's School of Cinema-Television where she won the Edward Small Directing Scholarship for her existentialist film Room 119 and wrote and directed her 35mm USC graduate thesis film, Searching for Angels which was screened at the Director's Guild in Los Angeles in 2006. In addition to writing and directing, Jennifer produced several graduate thesis films and contributed to the A.C.E. sponsored documentary the Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004). Waldo was most recently the program coordinator and a board member of the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), one of the oldest film organizations in the U.S. and based in Houston, TX.
LARRY MCKEE Director of Photography
Emmy award winner, Larry McKee boasts some hefty accolades over his thirty years in filmmaking including awards at international film festivals in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. He has received several Telly awards. McKee's television credits include productions for PBS, The Discovery Channel, TNN, FOX and The Outlaw Music Channel. McKee has worked on several documentaries and served as director of photography on ten feature length motion pictures.
JEFF WALTON Composer
Veteran music composer Jeff Walton brings three decades of composing for film and television to the project. Walton has scored music for thirty feature films. His television credits include projects for TV Land, America's Next Top Model, FX, and the Anime Network. Walton composed the score for Moonlite Filmwerks' first feature film Backroad and then Osprey in 2014. His most recent scoring work includes A Soundtrack for the City, an original score for a promotional film for the City of Houston performed by and featuring the Houston Symphony orchestra.
Outside Consultants & Professional Advisors:
The project's outside consultants and professional advisors provide input and support to enable management to make well-informed, creative and appropriate decisions:
• The Law Offices of Michael Saleman (Legal) - Los Angeles, CA . Austin, TX . Dallas, TX
• Montgomery Law (Legal) - Austin, TX
• Maxwell, Locke & Ritter (Accountants) - Austin, TX
COMPARABLES: Blade Runner 2049, District 9
LOGLINE: An ex-government assassin comes out of retirement to hunt down the alien responsible for killing former members of his team.
TAGLINE: They came in peace. They found us.
GENRE: Science Fiction / Thriller
RATING: Targeted PG-13
MARKET: Worldwide Interest; General Public, Adults, Males 13-45
FORMAT: 2K DIGITAL HD / Color / 2:40:1
SOUND: Dolby Digital
RUN TIME: 105 Minute
Patriot Act Movie, LLC is formed. The project qualifies for the Domestic Film Production Incentive Program (Section 181).April, 2011
Martin Delon meets with Brady Bowen of Los Angeles, CA based Archstone Distribution. Archstone becomes the film's sales agent.November, 2011
Director Wayne Slaten meets with Hollywood visual effects company Factory VFX. They become the project's lead visual effects company.March, 2012
The Patriot Act script is a quarterfinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Competition.July, 2012
Script revisions completed.October, 2013
Pre-production begins.February, 2016
Principle photography begins on the film in Houston, Galveston and Brenham, Texas.May, 2016
Production wraps.January, 2017
Post-production on music score begins.October, 2017
Post-production film edit begins.April, 2017
Based on marketing research and feedback, project given new title - 'Dropa".September, 2017
Picture lock on edit.October, 2017
Color correction and color grading begins.October, 2017
Post-production on sound mix and design begins.November, 2017
Visual effects bid received from Factory VFX and RotoFactory.November, 2017